(Well just the first 10! We’ll continue to publish the rest of the ideas weekly)
Guest Blog post by homeschool guru, Anna Dusseau.
Anna has worked for over 10 years in education – secondary school teacher, examiner, Enotes contributor, TES article contributor – and now has a popular homeschooling blog www.homeschoolguru.org for which she has a book contract. Anna now lives between Bedfordshire and Bordeaux, but grew up in Devon and went to St Peters School and the The Maynard School for sixth form. She loves Devon and places like Timepiece and Boston Tea Party in Exeter! “I wonder if they still exist.. “ she said. Oh yes!
1.Play pirates! Turn the sofa or duvet into a pirate ship, dress up, pack for your voyage, use the globe to locate where you’re going in the world and finish with a treasure map or the secret diary of a stowaway!
2. Cloud spotting. Lie on your backs in the garden, on the balcony or an open space and look at the sky. What shapes do you see in the clouds? Get the paintbox out and turn this into artwork, or check out a geography book or documentary to learn more about cloud formation.
3. Story cubes. Either use the story cube dice, or else take turns giving each other a task to tell a short story with 3 ingredients and a location. For example: tell me a story involving a hippo, a chocolate bar and a pack of cards which takes place at the beach.
4. Background music. Whatever your children’s ages and academic level, sometimes a bit of calm music helps concentration and the flow of ideas. Try something relaxed and non-invasive like Classic FM, Scala Radio or BBC Radio 2.
5. Pasta maths. Get out the pasta or even use grains of rice, dried beans or buttons, to have a maths game with your little ones. Take turns asking maths questions and use the props to demonstrate how to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
6. Your turn to cook! Hand over responsibility for the family meal to your children and be sure to get them started with a recipe book, so that they can enjoy the process of looking through the options, reading the recipe, searching for the ingredients and putting it all together.
7. Study den. Let them build a den or nest behind the sofa or under the kitchen table using duvets, throws, cushions and scarves. Once the den is ready, you might find this is a great space for them to snuggle up with books or even a bit of writing.
8. Put on a play. As big or as small a task as you want it to be. This could use puppets, or you could make sock puppets and can tell a story that is known to your children, or be invented. Older ones might want to write a script, or create tickets and a poster to advertise the play.
9. Collage. Grab all the old magazines and newspapers and put together a collage, cutting out pictures and headings (or key words) that catch your attention. Explain the idea of a topic to your children. Do they want to group their ideas around a topic?
10. Still life art. A fruit bowl, flowers, or even teddies set up around a pretend picnic would serve as a good stimulus for still life art. Try different materials, such as paints and then another picture using crayons or felt tips.